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Washington State Policy Associate in Olympia, Washington

Description This position will remain open until a sufficient number of qualified candidates have applied. The first review of applications is expected to occur on 07/23/2021 and will be ongoing._ Applicants should _submit their application materials as early as possible. The hiring manager reserves the right to make a hiring decision at any time. This job posting may be closed at any time without notice. Why work for the Washington Student Achievement Council? * At the Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC), we are committed to increasing educational opportunities and attainment in Washington. We believe that every person living in the state of Washington should have access to educational opportunities and be encouraged to pursue education or training beyond high school. To achieve our mission, we: * Lead statewide strategic planning to increase educational attainment. * Administer programs that help people access and pay for college. * Advocate for the economic, social, and civic benefits of higher education. Learn more about the work of the Washington Student Achievement Council. *At WSAC Our programs and policies work with diverse communities to eliminate barriers to people pursuing education beyond high school. As an employer, we strive to hire, cultivate, and retain a competitive workforce that reflects the communities we serve. * We offer flexible/alternative work schedules, wellness activities, and teleworking opportunities. * Eligible employees who are new parents or legal guardians can bring their infant (six weeks to six months) when returning to work. * Employees have access to tuition assistance and tuition waiver programs. * If you have experience advocating for communities of color or others who are experiencing educational inequities-including those directly impacted by the criminal justice system; people who identify as queer, trans, lesbian, gay, or bisexual; veterans; and people with disabilities, you are strongly encouraged to apply, even if you don’t meet all of the desired/preferred qualification listed. Learn more about WSAC’s mission and Our Commitment to Equity. About the Policy and Planning Division The Policy and Planning Division leads the development of the strategic plan and oversees the execution of the Council’s strategic priorities. The division engages with diverse stakeholders to identify issues, develop policy solutions, and support programs, policies, and practices that will advance the state's educational attainment goals. The Policy and Planning division approaches our work with a focus on equity, leading with race, centering student experience in policy development, listening to local communities and leaders, and relying on data and research to inform the work. In support of the mission and goals of the Washington Student Achievement Council, the Policy and Planning Division has four functional areas that inform the division's work: * Policy research and development * Strategic outreach and stakeholder engagement * Convening and facilitating * Project management About the Position Under the direction of the Policy Director, the policy associate will analyze policies, prepare policy briefs, develop presentations, coordinate stakeholder engagement, provide summaries of stakeholder feedback, and perform other work with policy staff to increase college access and completion. The Policy Associate will be responsible for coordinating the legislative process to ensure relevant bills are tracked, monitor bill changes as they move through the legislative process, and strategize on appropriate actions for WSAC. The Policy Associate will also be tasked with supporting complex projects, organizing meetings, and working with other divisions to coordinate stakeholder engagement or policy development. This position will coordinate with other WSAC divisions, institutional stakeholders, and external stakeholders. Duties Work Activities * Conduct policy research and analysis on topics related to increasing postsecondary enrollment and completion, with a focus on racial equity, as articulated in the Council’s recent strategic action plan. * Develop presentations, policy briefs, and other content to frame policy discussions with external stakeholders and to communicate policy work with a broad range of audiences. * Monitor and keep current on emerging innovations and legislation in higher education in other states and postsecondary institutions. * Coordinate and assist with project management to ensure various projects, council priorities, and other initiatives are successfully executed. * Assist the Director of Policy with carrying out the strategic planning process. * Coordinate events, committees, or workgroups as needed related to project goals. * Help develop and execute legislative strategies on behalf of the Council, and the state’s student financial aid and Guaranteed Education Tuition programs. * Monitor and analyze policy and other developments in the Legislature, the Governor’s office, and other entities. * Provide weekly updates during the legislative session, and develop legislative summaries concluding the legislative session. Qualifications Required Education, Experience, and Competencies: * Minimum Bachelor’s degree in Public Policy, Education, or another relevant field. * Demonstrated knowledge of local or state policies, practices, or programs that impact college access and completion such as, financial aid, transfer, dual enrollment, etc. * Ability to conduct policy analysis, synthesize complex information, and prepare summaries or other documents that include relevant research, data, stakeholder perspective, and innovative policy solutions. * Ability to create compelling visuals for presentations or reporting findings in PowerPoint. * Organizational skills and ability to multitask various projects while meet competing deadlines. * Strong interpersonal and communication skills and ability to navigate conflict. * A commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and the ability to translate these values into developing state policy. * Self-starter, self-disciplined, and able to execute with minimal direction. * Ability to use Excel or other types of technology to manage various projects and keep track of stakeholder outreach. * Proficiency with MS Office Suite (Excel and PowerPoint) and other standard office applications. Preferred Experience * Two-three years’ experience with either local or state policy, preferably related to college access and completion. * Experience working in or extensive familiarity with Washington state government legislative process. * Experience developing surveys (e.g., Survey Gizmo/Alchemer, Survey Monkey, etc.) Supplemental Information Application Procedures To be considered for this position you must possess the required qualification listed above. Find this job posting and complete your profile at www.careers.wa.gov. A complete application package includes: 1. Letter of Application. A letter of application that addresses how you meet the required education and experience described in this announcement. Applications with generic cover letters will be considered nonresponsive and may eliminate the application from further consideration. 2. Resume. A detailed resume including all educational and professional experience. 3. References. A list of names, titles, and current telephone numbers of three (3) employment references. 4. Your responses to the supplemental questions.* * Compensation The posted salary is the starting salary consideration. The full salary range is $50,284 - $68,032. Please Note: Prior to a new hire, a background check including criminal record history will be conducted. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant's suitability and competence to perform in the position.* QUESTIONS? For questions about this recruitment email Karenm@wsac.wa.gov, or you may call (360) 485-1138. _EEO Statement_ The Washington Student Achievement Council is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all applicants and employees. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, persons over 40 years of age, and veterans are encouraged to apply. If you need accommodation in the application process or wish to receive this job announcement in an alternative format, please call 360.485.1138 or email HumanResources@wsac.wa.gov *Salary: $50,284.00 - $59,157.00 Annually Location: Thurston County – Olympia, WA Job Type: Exempt Department: Washington Student Achievement Council Job Number: WSAC 04 - 2021 Closing: Continuous Agency: State of Washington Address: View Job Posting for Agency Information View Job Posting for Location, Washington, 98504 Phone: View Posting for Agency Contact Website: http://www.careers.wa.gov

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